|Intriguing opening pages makes |
Your words on the page sets the tone for your entire novel. Your goal is to grab the readers attention past the query or synopsis. DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITY!
Some of these things are repeats but they are worth writing again!
it shows your acquisitioner/agent that you are an amateur!! Sure there are a few great novels that start out with dialogue. But it is a known fact that when agents go through the slush pile, dialogue at the beginning is one thing that is a major turn-off. Open with some action then give us that dialogue.
If you are too wordy on the first page, more than likely, you will be wordy throughout the entire novel.
Misspelled/misuses of words:
misspelled or the wrong usages of words in the first page is a no-no. It looks sloppy. This is where having a critique partner, editor, or AWESOME writing clinic will help! :)
Grab our attention:
I think this is the hardest one. Make us beg for more of your story. Give us something that we cannot turn down. Make your words come alive on the pages. You are a writer...use your skills and canvas to paint us a picture.
You may find that after you finish your novel, you don't really like your first page anymore or it doesn't set the right tone. Rewrite it! It is only 1 page and you surely don't want that 1 page to ruin your chances of being published.With each revision, your first page only gets stronger and eventually it will be perfect.
Good luck Minions! I really hope you take the creative critiques positively and are able to improve your first page just as you did your queries! I will post my first page on Thursday! YAY! I am still trying to get back in the groove of visiting everyone's blogs after my wonderful vacation so please bear with me. I haven't given up on all of you!